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Author: Alafair Burke Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9780062798473
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His Scandal Her Secret

From New York Times bestselling author Alafair Burke, a stunning domestic thriller in the vein of Behind Closed Doors and The Woman in Cabin 10—in which a woman must make the impossible choice between defending her husband and saving herself.

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother’s home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

Six years later, thanks to a bestselling book and a growing media career, Jason has become a cultural lightning rod, placing Angela near the spotlight she worked so carefully to avoid. When a college intern makes an accusation against Jason, and another woman, Kerry Lynch, comes forward with an even more troubling allegation, their perfect life begins to unravel. Jason insists he is innocent, and Angela believes him. But when Kerry disappears, Angela is forced to take a closer look at the man she married. And when she is asked to defend Jason in court, she realizes that her loyalty to her husband could unearth old secrets.

This much-anticipated follow-up to Burke’s Edgar-nominated The Ex asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves: Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A subtly sneaky, emotionally complex, and utterly addictive novel of psychological suspense. The Wife delivers on all fronts.”

    Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A timely, gracefully written exploration of family, crime, and the current media-soaked, celebrity-obsessed, smartphone-crazed moment. Highly recommended.”

    William Landay, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A genuine shocker, sneaky and smart.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This thrill ride of a novel takes a hard look at loyalty and the violence a secret can cause—especially when that secret involves a revered public figure accused of rape.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Narrator Xe Sands gives us the flat, fragile voice of Angela, the damaged wife in this first-person psychological thriller…Sands gives [Jason] a voice that is warm and amazingly masculine…Sands’ delivery grips the listener’s imagination and makes Burke’s compelling mystery unforgettable. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones. Award.”


  • “A timely, riveting, and deeply resonant psychological suspense novel.”

    Library Journal

  • “An intriguing, twisty psychological thriller, The Wife had me tearing through the pages, never sure which characters to trust. Smart, suspenseful, and absolutely riveting.”

    Megan Miranda, author of All The Missing Girls

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Washington Post Top 10 Book of New Thrillers
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” selection
  • A Crime Reads Pick of Best Crime Novels of 2018
  • A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection

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About the Author

Alafair Burke is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Ex, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. She also coauthors the bestselling Under Suspicion series with Mary Higgins Clark. A former prosecutor, she is now a professor of criminal law.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.